Black Parenting : Epidurals

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  1. phynxofkemet

    phynxofkemet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Does anyone have medical information as it relates to epidurals and Black womben? Has anyone had positive or negative experiences with this narcotic injection during childbirth? I was reading a book on labor and birth, and from what I can infer most of the cases were probably white womben who required this procedure: although the author of the book is a nurse who admits that 80% of all pregnancies include this procedure.

    I am in favor of doing things naturally, but I'm also in favor of reducing severe pain if it is present. I was hoping Dr. Jewel Pookrum may have written or lectured on this subject somewhere.

     
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    What Are the Risks?
    Epidurals do have some drawbacks. They may: make it harder for a woman to push the baby out (although the anesthesiologist can adjust the amount of medication being given if this happens) cause the mother's blood pressure to drop cause a headache cause temporary difficulty with urination, requiring a urinary catheter , it also can give a mother low blood pressure can cause the baby heart rate to drop,
    it also can mess up the spinal cord that will leave back problems.


    Although many women want to give birth without any pain medications, it isn't a sign of weakness if you decide to ask for something to ease your pain or anxiety. Childbirth is often one of the hardest, most painful things the human body can go through. Getting a little relief makes you no less of a mother or woman. You know your body better than anyone -- only you can be the judge of how much pain you can or can't take.

    If you can withstand and have the childbirth naturally then it's best ........
     
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    I had an epidural. I tried to do it naturally but after 24hours of labor I said enough is enough already. The rest of the labor went smoothly. Baby came out very alert and smiling. So good experience here.
     
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    phynxofkemet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Mine

    worked out alright - the entry site was tender for a few months though. My sister is complaining a lot of lower back pain.